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hiking
3 months ago

It was a perfect hike for young kids. Between my sister’s kids and mine, we had five children from ages 3-9. About 1 mile in we saw a little trail down to the creek and the kids had a blast. They even got wet trying to cross on fallen trees and it was no problem since we were so close to the cars.

I would definitely go back and go farther if I didn’t have the kids.

hiking
3 months ago

We loved this short hike, despite less than ideal weather. The cool light rain didn't stop us from enjoying the sounds of Targhee Creek and the beauty of the countless wildflowers still in bloom. The lack of ascent/descent made it great for the kids and easy on the knees. We completed this trail (turning around at the first foot bridge), bit could've easily pressed on much further as the trail continues.

One caveat to the glowing review is we were unaware of how much bears are typically present in this area. While we knew of potential Grizzly encounters and took precautions to minimize risk, we read after the hike that this area is typically used as a re-location area for Yellowstone Grizzlies that get too near human activity and may be less skittish. Ultimately, we didn't see any bears or their signs, but if you're hitting this trail (and you should), plan for the possibility.

Narrow path with lots of horse poop. Be sure to wear long pants because the grass is long in places. The lake at the top is pretty, but quite brown and not very inviting for a swim. We saw bear and wolf tracks, which was pretty cool. The wildflowers and general vegetation were spectacular. The flies were bad (as I imagine they are throughout these parts in summer), so bring ya’ DEET. Not overly strenuous, we made it up in an hour and a half.

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day one of our trip to Yellowstone and wanted to stretch the legs and tire the dogs. you can make it as long or as short. nice wide trail. seen a few mountain bikers. it appears you can drive your car to the top because on our hike down a car came down. great hike and pretty views. good for most levels.

hiking
4 months ago

July 5. Nice short and easy hike. Not crowded at all pasig boo one in either direction going out. Wildflowers were abundant. We only did about 2.5 miles a bit past the end of hike 1 as shown per this app before turning back due to some time constraints. Would like to get further in to some of the lakes that show on the topo maps of the area.

scenic driving
4 months ago

lovely!

Beautiful Drive....

hiking
5 months ago

fun hike, went the extra few miles and went to the Continental Divide and a couple of small lakes, saw a few deer and a mountain goat with a kid

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Very nice scenic hike. Easy. My 3 boys loved it.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Very nice hike for our family of 5. Easy trail along the creek and beautiful views.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

beautiful hike little muddy and snowy but amazing

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

went labor day weekend. beautiful views, limited flowers left. would be an easy trail for kids and a nice bike trail. didn't see any animals but the path runs along the creek most of the way. no one mentions the road going into the trailhead. It was a little rough. we took the RV and cautiously made our way. there are a few boondocking sites along the way and there is a turn around at the trailhead. If you are staying at Henry's Lake it is a nice little hike not far from the campgeound.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

great easy walk with good views. spend the time to see the creek up close. it is so clear and cold.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beautiful day, moderate temp. Still a few flowers. Great family trail.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great for kids.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

We loved this hike. We did it with a 2.5 and 4.5 year old and two adults in their mid 70s. It was beautiful and the right level of difficulty (easy). We hiked about 1 mile in. The kids played in the creek. We didn't see any wild life but brought bear spray as we had read someone had just seen bears. We did see a wolf or large cat track in some wet mud. Would do this hike again just for the potential to see wild life.

Monday, July 31, 2017

We saw two young wolves who were frolicking around at about the 1 mile mark. No bear or moose however but seeing wolves in their natural environment was rewarding. An easy trail, no incline but I would recommend bear spray and a companion as the terrain is perfect for bear activity.

walking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Very easy stroll with beautiful views of mountains and so many wildflowers and meadows along the way.

Absolutely beautiful drive!

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

We saw a fresh bear track about a quarter of a mile in (see pic I uploaded) and about 1.5 miles in we came across three bear cubs frolicking beside the trail--one of which was blond (see pic). We didn't see the momma bear so we deftly made our way back to the trailhead. We also saw another single bear about half a mile north of the trailhead on 191. So, yeah, a great trail: but grab a can of bear spray and don't do it alone.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Perfect hike. Wild flowers were prime, foot traffic (for a holiday) was minimal. Not too strenuous so you can enjoy the scenery. I'd do it again without hesitation.

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Keep going to the waterfall. Saw a big bull moose on the way back.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Hiked half way up... Snow is hit and miss buy waist deep around mile 5.

backpacking
Friday, May 12, 2017

We backpacked this trail in August and stayed 2 nights at Shelf Lake. The first 6 miles are fairly easy with gradual elevation gain through mostly pine forest with occasional meadows to break up the scenery. Beautiful meadow at around 4 miles where you cross the creek, great place for lunch and a break. The last 2 miles are strenuous as you climb almost straight up to Shelf Lake. The trail becomes more difficult with rocks and tree roots. Shelf Lake is a wonderful, secluded camping spot. Take the short hike up to the Sky Rim Trail above the lake for spectacular 360 views.

backpacking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Did this in mid-September 2016. An awesome moderate hike with stunning campsites & views one you get up to the basin. A great overnight, and would be awesome to spend an extra night doing day hikes out of the basin. We did, however, get a few inches of snow overnight--not that surprising at that time of year.

scenic driving
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Beautiful Hike!!

trail running
Sunday, September 04, 2016

The trail is a little skinny most of the distance but not a big deal. This is a beautiful trail the whole way. Not sure how a past review of this thought trail was boring and all they saw was the creek. Look around as you hike, it's great. Saw three or four hawks in the first mile too.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Beautiful!

scenic driving
Friday, February 19, 2016

Gorgeous drive, but make sure you've allotted more time than you think would be necessary. The 45mph Yellowstone speed limit coupled with the frequently heavy traffic through the Rockefeller thoroughfare and down through Teton Nat'l Park make the 125 miles seem a bit longer. Bring a camera because you'll kick yourself if you don't.

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